Centauro Review: Spanish Action Thriller Film Has No Tension or Thrills

Centauro, a Spanish action thriller film, is now out on Netflix. Directed by Daniel Calparsoro, the film stars Àlex Monner as RafaThe rest of the cast includes Édgar Vittorino, Carlos Bardem, Patricia Vico and others. The runtime is of 1 hour 30 minutes. The film is available in Spanish with English dubbing and subtitles. The film is a remake of Yann Gozlan’s French-Belgian film, French-Belgian.

Based on the novel by Jérémie Guez,the screenplay is penned by Yann Gozlan, Guillaume Lemans, and Simon Moutairou.

The synopsis reads, “To clear his son’s mother’s debt to a cartel, a superbike racer becomes a drug courier, risking his chances of going pro — and jeopardizing his own life.”

Netflix Film Centauro Review Contains No Spoilers

In Netflix film Centauro, Rafa is an amazing bike racer. He’s excited to be selected for a big competition coming up next. However, his son’s mother gets in trouble when a certain drug dealer threatens her. His ex owns him a lot of money which she fails to repay.

Rafa, whose bike racing career could change if he gets selected for the competition, takes the big risk of dealing with the drug dealer. The drug lord makes a deal with Rafa. If Rafa works for the drug dealer with delivery for some time, his ex will be freed of the money. Rafa agrees.

Will the risky decision ruin Rafa’s personal and professional and personal life? Or things will become okay for him and the mother-son duo. We find out that in the end.

The film starts with a long bike racing sequence, giving us an idea of Rafa’s dedication to his profession. However, he’s also a loving father. Things don’t go smoothly when he decides to work for the drug dealer. Due to circumstances, we see him turning from a bike racer to a criminal. Along with his professional life, the decision also has a major effect on his personal life.

Centauro Review: Spanish Action Thriller Film Has No Tension or Thrills

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The premise of Netflix’s Centauro is quite simple, and the film is to the point. It’s engaging in the beginning, but after 35 minutes, things get a bit repetitive. The last 20 minutes have some action and twists. However, none of this comes across as extraordinary. It doesn’t truly come under a heavy ‘action or crime thriller’ film.

The film fails to make a connection with the viewer. One doesn’t empathise with Rafa’s character or even his ex. Hence, his decision comes across as a bit immature. Also, the way he gets out of some challenging situations is hard to believe.

Àlex Monner as Rafa has played his part well. But seeing him rush from one place to the other is tiring to watch. The bad guy in the film, doesn’t come across as very threatening. The characters are weakly written.

Netflix’s Centauro Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, Centauro is quite average. It doesn’t pack enough action and thriller that will make one stay till the end. Netflix has given some brilliant Spanish thrillers in the past few years like The Platform, The Invisible Guest, The Paramedic, Money Heist, Narcos and many others. The latest film is not up to the mark compared to these titles. The weak script doesn’t give space for any actor to shine.

One can skip the movie if they are expecting some heavy action scenes and great tension in the story.

Centauro is now streaming on Netflix.

Are you planning to watch the film? If you have already watched the film, what are your thoughts on it? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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Centauro on Netflix is a weak action thriller that doesn't offer much.

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Centauro Review: Spanish Action Thriller Film Has No Tension or ThrillsCentauro on Netflix is a weak action thriller that doesn't offer much.